Shah Outlines US Priorities in Pakistan

Rajiv Shah confers with U.S. earthquake responders in Haiti during his official overseas trip as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Shah is travelling this week to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Photo by: USAID Images / CC BY-ND 2.0 USAID ImagesCC BY-ND 2.0

The U.S. will put energy projects high on its priority list for direct investments in Pakistan, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah said, according to Dawn.com. Shah, who is visiting Pakistan, said the U.S. will help repair four power plants to boost Pakistan’s electricity supply.

U.S. direct investments in Pakistan will also include short- and long-term projects in the country’s health, water, education and agricultural sectors, Shah said. He explained that the U.S. will also support initiatives to train teachers, develop better education curricula, procure textbooks, and strengthen professional health institution.

The U.S. will also help create jobs, especially in Pakistan’s tribal areas, Shah said.

In agriculture, U.S. investments will focus on research, while projects for the health sector will target institutional development as well as training of women health professionals, Dawn quoted the USAID administrator as saying.

“We will work on the critical issue of water with programmes aimed at helping Pakistan better manage its water resources to ensure maximum water access to the people,” Shah said, as quoted by Dawn. 

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